Malema: SSA is run by a group of clowns

Julias Malema on Friday denied being a CIA spy for the US government.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighter, Julius Malema. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Friday said that the State Security Agency's (SSA) decision to investigate claims that he was an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shows that the agency is "run by a group of clowns".

On Thursday the SSA said it was investigating Malema, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa and former Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Lindiwe Mazibuko, because an online blog claimed they may be spies for the American government.

The site didn't say who was making the claims.

Malema responded to the claims, saying this showed that the SSA wasn't doing its job properly.

"There is no state security in South Africa; we've got a group of clowns that call themselves state security, with an intelligence illiterate minister."

He says this investigation simply could not be taken seriously.

"I'm not taking this issue seriously. I'm not even following it, I'm not interested. Whether they clear me or they don't clear me. I don't care because there is no such a thing."

But the agency's Brian Dube said they had a duty to act.

"The fact that we know that the office of the public protector has indeed asked government to look into [this] means it also raises a concern from the state. We can't have people going around making all sorts of things in our name."

MADONSELA: MY RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED

Meanwhile the Public Protector said she, too, was shocked at the SSA's decision to investigate claims.

She has described the allegations as ridiculous.

Madonsela said she felt her dignity had been violated.

"My human rights have been violated. But I'm also just shocked that in a country like South Africa, with its status in the global community, something like this could be allowed to happen."